Local Entities Kick Off Statewide “Legal Feeding Frenzy” at Backpack Event

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Piedmont Legal Department and MVA pack 1,200 backpacks with food to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank agencies.

Volunteers from the legal department at Piedmont Natural Gas and attorneys from Moore & Van Allen, PLLC (MVA) joined forces at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s (SHFBM) warehouse on Wednesday, March 20, to fill 1,200 backpacks with 8,400 total pounds of food for hunger-risk children.

The 20 volunteers packed backpacks with nutritious and practical ready-to-eat or easily prepared foods and donated in support of Second Harvest’s Backpack Program. The backpacks will be delivered to local schools to be sent home on weekends and holidays with children whom teachers have identified as being high risk for hunger. Piedmont and MVA have funded an affiliate backpack program at Devonshire Elementary School, so a portion of the filled packs were earmarked for delivery to Devonshire specifically. Their effort is only one of the many initiatives taking place within the state’s legal community this month, due in part to the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Feeding Frenzy challenge.

SHFBM Executive Director Kay Carter kicked the packing event off by welcoming and thanking the group, and shared facts about the impact of hunger locally. Currently, 18% of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s 19-county service area is at risk of hunger, including a little more than 170,000 children and nearly 39,000 seniors.

Piedmont Deputy General Counsel Judy Mayo then spoke, emphasizing Piedmont’s corporate focus on stewardship in the community. “We are very happy to be here with our partners from Moore & Van Allen, and eager to kick the Legal Feeding Frenzy off with this morning’s event. Thanks to Second Harvest for providing this opportunity.”

Moore & Van Allen’s Public Service Chairman and Litigation Member Brian Heslin offered final remarks before volunteers commenced their backpack packing assembly line: “Hunger in our community is a great need and the most effective way to impact that need is through collaborative partnerships. Our goal is to leverage resources by uniting with other community organizations and companies, rather than doing things individually. We are excited to be working with Piedmont today. Let’s pack some backpacks!”

The 2013 Legal Feeding Frenzy, which was launched by the Office of the Attorney General, the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Association of Food Banks, is a three-week food and fund drive competition among the state’s law firms and organizations. The competition runs from March 18 – April 5, and all proceeds and donations will benefit North Carolina’s Feeding America Food Banks.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
As part of Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina serves 19 counties in North and South Carolina. In FY2011-2012, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributed over 38 million pounds of food and essential grocery items to over 600 hunger feeding agencies. Agencies served include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.

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